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ZenCash - payment collections services for freelancers and small businesses

I used to use Blinksale as my invoicing system until they started stagnating a few years ago and better solutions came along. Since then Blinksale has been under new management and have revamped their services — including an intriguing $15/month “unlimited everything” pricing structure that’s certainly more appealing than a menu of varying pricing plans.

They’re now launching ZenCash which looks interesting — a service that acts as a collection agency for you. They not only send out payment reminders to your clients, but they call them on the phone on your behalf when they’re late.

I don’t know if it’s a service I would use enough to justify subscribing to, but it’s intriguing, and I appreciate that it works with some of the major invoicing services — Blinksale, Harvest (what I use), and Freshbooks (with LessAccounting and QuickBooks coming soon it looks like).

Update: I’ve been informed it is not a subscription based service; it’s free to join and you only pay for what you use. 

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Blinksale Moves To One-Plan Business Model

Are you a freelancer? Need a way to keep track of all your invoices and expenses and estimates? Read on:

Starting today, May 1st, we are making a big change here at Blinksale. The perennial “tiered” plans model—the one that offers Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum plans—is being put out to pasture. In its place, Blinksale is introducing a new model offering just one plan: Blinksale Unlimited. This plan is just $15 a month and offers unlimited everything: invoices, estimates, users, clients, support and more. No limits!

Blinksale was the first invoicing web app I ever used (in 2007). I really loved the service, especially because it allowed for multi-currency invoicing, a must for freelance illustrators! (I’ve since moved on to Harvest, only because at the time it was more full-featured and priced better.)

Since the new owners took over Blinksale a few years ago, they’ve really beefed up the features, and this bold move to a one-price-only model isn’t anything I’ve seen before. 

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luclatulippe:

The New Harvest Time Report – Completely Redesigned
Sweet Jiminy Cricket I love Harvest! Not only is it THE best invoicing, time-tracking, and expense-tracking app I’ve ever used (and I’ve tested MANY), but they are constantly improving the product, they listen to users, the app is gorgeous and smartly designed, and they’re truly committed to what they do. They recently redesigned the “Reports” tab and it’s marvelous. You should totally go sign up!

Agreed! I’ve used a number of invoicing web apps as well, and no one beats the elegance and price-to-feature ratio of Harvest. I’ve been using it for a few years now, and I keep track of all my invoices and incoming payments with it.
As a freelancer and a one-person business, Harvest lets me invoice unlimited clients for $12/month. The ability to manage unlimited clients is key for someone who does countless one-off jobs throughout the year.
People seem to love FreshBooks, but their cheapest plan is not only $20/month, it also limits the amount of clients you can manage to 25. What kind of small business limits itself to 25 clients? To get unlimited clients, I’d have to upgrade to their $30/month plan. That’s more than twice the price of Harvest.
So, I echo Luc — if you’re a freelancer struggling with keeping track of your invoicing, I strongly encourage you to sign up with Harvest.

luclatulippe:

The New Harvest Time Report – Completely Redesigned

Sweet Jiminy Cricket I love Harvest! Not only is it THE best invoicing, time-tracking, and expense-tracking app I’ve ever used (and I’ve tested MANY), but they are constantly improving the product, they listen to users, the app is gorgeous and smartly designed, and they’re truly committed to what they do. They recently redesigned the “Reports” tab and it’s marvelous. You should totally go sign up!

Agreed! I’ve used a number of invoicing web apps as well, and no one beats the elegance and price-to-feature ratio of Harvest. I’ve been using it for a few years now, and I keep track of all my invoices and incoming payments with it.

As a freelancer and a one-person business, Harvest lets me invoice unlimited clients for $12/month. The ability to manage unlimited clients is key for someone who does countless one-off jobs throughout the year.

People seem to love FreshBooks, but their cheapest plan is not only $20/month, it also limits the amount of clients you can manage to 25. What kind of small business limits itself to 25 clients? To get unlimited clients, I’d have to upgrade to their $30/month plan. That’s more than twice the price of Harvest.

So, I echo Luc — if you’re a freelancer struggling with keeping track of your invoicing, I strongly encourage you to sign up with Harvest.

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